Interview with Cha Cha
Stylist and Make-up Artist, Alice Ezrow
How long have you been with Cha Cha and what brought you here?
I will have been at Cha Cha for five years in May. I can't believe it's been that long already. I remember walking into the shop and meeting Shelly for the first time. I was at my wits end with the salon experiences that I had go though so far and was almost ready to throw in the towel and go back to school or move out of Madison. I told Shelly "I needed a home" and "I just wanted to do hair." Here I am five years later and I definitely did find a home. I always new I wanted to do hair and starting working in salons in high school. I am so glad that I found Cha Cha and couldn't really imagine my life without hair.
Why Cha Cha?
What I love most about Cha Cha is not having any pressure to be anything other than me. We have a pretty colorful staff but I think it works because we all bring something to the table. Other salons that I have worked at have a level of pressure to conform to the salons image. I don't feel that here because I believe I am part of what makes Cha Cha what it is.
What or whom inspires you?
I find my inspiration from alot of different outlets but I think my clients are a big part of what keeps what I do fresh. I don't know what I would do without all of the stories and being able to express my clients personality though their hair.
Favorite product of the moment?
I can't stop using the new beauty oil by Davines. I swear I put it on everyone even if I don't really need to. I am also a big fan of the Besame' lipsticks.
What else are you good at?
Besides hair, I love make-up. I worked for M.A.C. Cosmetics for a couple years and now I freelance. One of my favorite things is helping ladies get pretty. That is why I started Ladies Auxiliary nights at Cha Cha. Selfishly, I want more chances to do pretty lady things. If I could just style hair all day and do make-up, I would be in heaven.
When you're not beautifying peeps?
Off the clock, I hang out with my person Shaun and my two puppies Lucky and Merle. I am really pretty mellow these days. I'm reading a lot and trying to get back to the gym. Really, besides my family, Cha Cha is my life.
Words of wisdom?
Never take yourself too seriously and take time to sit. I really think that the only time some of my clients sit and relax are the 45mins that they are in my chair every month. You're worth more. Take time for yourself and breathe for a minute.